+ Image Map courtesy Metro The $1.6-billion project extends the Purple Line to the west by about 4 miles. Photo courtesy Metro During pre-construction for the Purple Line, an exploratory shaft dug by Metro found numerous prehistoric animal bones. Related Links: View the Official Bid Protest from DAS Team Read Metro's Evaluation of Westside Purple Line Bids Two losing bidders on the Westside Purple Line Extension Project in Los Angeles have filed bid protests over what they call a "flawed evaluation" by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) during scoring of the design-build, best-value proposals.Three joint-venture teams submitted
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.